RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Senate has given final approval to legislation that would require schools to provide full-time, in-person instruction as the coronavirus pandemic drags on.
The chamber voted 36-3 Thursday, sending the measure sponsored by GOP Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant to Gov. Ralph Northam. If signed as is, it would take effect July 1.
The bill would require districts to offer a full-time, in-person option for students, with limited exceptions.
If a school has high levels of coronavirus transmission, it could temporarily revert to virtual learning.
The bill also says school districts “may” provide fully remote virtual instruction, under certain conditions.